[hi-ster-i-kuh l] /hɪˈstɛr ɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or characterized by .
irrational from fear, emotion, or an emotional shock.
suffering from or subject to .
causing unrestrained laughter; very funny:
Oh, that joke is hysterical!
of or suggesting hysteria: hysterical cries
suffering from hysteria
(informal) wildly funny
1610s, from Latin hystericus “of the womb,” from Greek hysterikos “of the womb, suffering in the womb,” from hystera “womb” (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning “very funny” (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically.
- Hysterical personality
hysterical personality n. A personality disorder marked by immaturity, dependence, self-centeredness, and vanity, with a craving for attention, activity, or excitement, and behavior that is markedly unstable or manipulative.
- Hysterical psychosis
hysterical psychosis n. An acute psychosis accompanied by the symptoms of hysteria.
- Hysterical reasons
(Or “hysterical raisins”) A variant on the stock phrase “for historical reasons”, indicating specifically that something must be done in some stupid way for backward compatibility, and moreover that the feature it must be compatible with was the result of a bad design in the first place. “All IBM PC video adaptors have to support […]
[hi-ster-ik] /hɪˈstɛr ɪk/ noun 1. Usually, hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; . 2. a person subject to . adjective 3. . /hɪˈstɛrɪks/ noun (functioning as pl or singular) 1. an attack of hysteria 2. (informal) wild uncontrollable bursts of laughter /hɪˈstɛrɪk/ noun 1. a hysterical person adjective 2. hysterical n. 1727, from […]